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Has anyone tried removing the center console arm rest lid yet (storage compartment)? I took out the two screws at the bottom of it, but the plastic piece does not come out.
 

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Has anyone tried removing the center console arm rest lid yet (storage compartment)? I took out the two screws at the bottom of it, but the plastic piece does not come out.
After you take out the 2 floor pan bolts, you should have room to get your fingers underneath the back piece of the center console to pop it off. Looks like it's held in by trim retainers.

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https://www.hyundaipartsdeal.com/parts-list/2017-hyundai-elantra-us-alabama-made/console.html?PNC=84695D
 

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Thanks man! I was approaching it all wrong. I didn't realize what the two bolts were actually holding. I'll post an update when I get it off the car and wrapped in that alcantara.
 

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Thanks man! I was approaching it all wrong. I didn't realize what the two bolts were actually holding. I'll post an update when I get it off the car and wrapped in that alcantara.
Anytime. Looking forward to pics.
 

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I still can't figure this out. I've looked at that diagram a bunch of times and it looks straight-forward, but I don't see which part to pull or pry apart. None of the plastic bits we budge that typically would snap off with some force.
 

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I still can't figure this out. I've looked at that diagram a bunch of times and it looks straight-forward, but I don't see which part to pull or pry apart. None of the plastic bits we budge that typically would snap off with some force.
Pics attached.
 

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I didn't even need to undo the floor pan bolts the bottom of the console. Just get small putty knife wrapped in painters tape and pry at the top of the console with the armrest up.
 

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Wow, looks so easy when you see someone else do it. I'll get this done when I get home. Thanks a lot for taking the time to show this!
 

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Wow, looks so easy when you see someone else do it. I'll get this done when I get home. Thanks a lot for taking the time to show this!
No problem. I didn't bother taking any of the screws out in the picture. I'm just assuming those two hold the armrest assembly in place. Let me know if it gives you any issues.
 

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I got the whole cover removed finally. But I am still unable to take the actual "leather" part of it off of the plastic underside. I ended up (unintentionally) snapping all of the side clips on the inside. It still won't come off. From what it seems, there are just two phillips screws at the bottom. I took those off. I don't see anything else holding the cover down, yet it just doesn't want to snap off.
 

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I got the whole cover removed finally. But I am still unable to take the actual "leather" part of it off of the plastic underside. I ended up (unintentionally) snapping all of the side clips on the inside. It still won't come off. From what it seems, there are just two phillips screws at the bottom. I took those off. I don't see anything else holding the cover down, yet it just doesn't want to snap off.
Ouch. Shoot me some pics of the piece you are trying to disassemble.
 

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It's the main leather "cap", the piece that the leather wraps around. I am trying to pry it off right where the seam is with the leather tucked into it.
 

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I'll disassemble mine and let you know. Hard to offer suggestions when I'm not sure what it looks like :)
 

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Here ya go. Disassembled with pics. You need to slide the armrest down/up to access all four (4) screws attaching the slider to the top.
 

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Ohhh, I didn't even realize there were screws under those rubber bumpers. I only removed the other two screws that you see when you slide the thing forward. Thanks again! I'll post my results, probably during or after the weekend. I have no stitching skills, so going to recruit someone else to do that. Thinking of using blue thread to match the exterior. Definitely don't want red.
 

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Ohhh, I didn't even realize there were screws under those rubber bumpers. I only removed the other two screws that you see when you slide the thing forward. Thanks again! I'll post my results, probably during or after the weekend. I have no stitching skills, so going to recruit someone else to do that. Thinking of using blue thread to match the exterior. Definitely don't want red.
Looking forward to it. So, what are your plans for the seats if you're not a fan of red? Lol
 

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Not really sure. If I owned this car and not leased it, I'd just get new seats altogether. For now I will leave them as is and focus on this center console thing, the doors, and the steering wheel.
 

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Nice! I would suggest you peel off the old cover, take out the stitching and use the pieces and stitch marks as a template for whoever is doing your sewing. Will make things very easy.
 

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I didn't even think of doing that. Very clever! I did not want the same stitched seams in the new one, but the overall shape of it will be super helpful. Btw, also thinking of redoing the shift boot with the same Alcantara. This material is just so nice. Is it easy to take off?
 
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